Disney makes several fine games for Windows 8 and RT, but they’re all a bit pricey compared to their Windows Phone counterparts. Temple Run: Brave for instance, launched at $1.49 on Windows 8 but soon went up to $4.99. Actually, $4.99 is the regular price of all Disney tablet and PC games.
That’s why Disney fans will want to take advantage of the Disney Windows 8 sale going on this weekend. All of Disney’s non-Xbox games are on sale for $3.49, including the just-released Temple Run: Oz. Disney’s Windows Phone 8 titles are not affected by this sale. Full descriptions and Store links after the break!
Temple Run: Brave
Windows 8 still doesn’t have the original Temple Run for some reason. Spin-off Temple Run: Brave, first announced at GDC in March, actually became the first Windows 8 Temple Run game when it launched in May. Disney branding aside, both Brave and Oz are better than the first Temple Run, so we can’t complain too much about the mainline Temple Runs’ absence.
This game plays just like the original but with a coat of paint based on the so-so Disney animated film Brave. Players control Merida, the feisty red haired protagonist of the movie, who is being chased by the complete jerk wad of a bear called Mordu. She shoots targets with arrows, not unlike the shooting in Gunstringer: Dead Man Running.
The Windows 8 version features widescreen graphics that make it look on PCs and laptops but a bit worse on tablets since everything is smaller in a landscape orientation. Check out our full review for more details.
- Temple Run: Brave – Windows 8 and RT – 39 MB – Store Link
Temple Run: Oz
If you’re a guy and thus probably don’t care about Brave or just a person who appreciates L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, this game based on Oz: The Great and Powerful might be more to your liking.
Players control the titular “wizard” himself as he dashes down the Yellow Brick Road and away from danger. This installment is based on Temple Run 2, which had mine cart sequences to break up the running. Here Oz rides a hot air balloon instead of a cart – a better side activity than Brave’s target shooting in my opinion.
- Temple Run: Oz – Windows 8 and RT – 50 MB – Store Link
Where’s My Water?
Disney’s Where’s My Water? is the first in a series of physics puzzle games. This one stars Swampy the crocodile, a new creation as opposed to an existing character. The goal is to route a supply of water down to Swampy because he needs a bath. Players create a path for the water by digging away at the dirt. It’s a fun and simple mechanic.
- Where’s My Water? – Windows 8 and RT – 88 MB – Store Link
Where’s My Perry?
Where’s My Perry? swaps out Swampy for Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb show. If you liked the first game, this one won’t disappoint.
- Where’s My Perry? – Windows 8 and RT – 62 MB – Store Link
Where’s My Mickey?
Want even more water-directing fun? Where’s My Mickey? stars the one and only Mickey Mouse. It adds a few new mechanics like wind, rain, clouds, and plants to keep the puzzles fresh, and the art charms more than ever.
- Where’s My Mickey? – Windows 8 and RT – 74 MB – Store Link
Toy Story: Smash It!
We haven’t covered it before, but Smash It! is a 3D physics puzzle game set in the Toy Story universe. You play as Buzz Lightyear and throw objects at the green aliens from the movies, trying to knock them over. Think of it as a 3D Angry Birds-style game, much like Wreckateer for XBLA.
It looks like Toy Story fans should have a smashing good time with this game. Just be advised that according to user reviews, Smash It! is incompatible with Windows RT and yet can still be purchased from RT devices.
- Toy Story: Smash It! – Windows 8 only – MB – Store Link